Skip to main content

tv   [untitled]    February 9, 2012 4:48am-5:18am PST

4:48 am
>> uh, sure. [laughter] >> this is louis, for those who do not know him. it is an interesting partnership that we have because a couple of years ago, when then mayor newsom had asked a group to form the fleet week association, it has grown. they decided they wanted to do more around disaster and highlighting the role of the military and disaster relief. this partnership has grown. when we needed a partner to make this a reality, they were our first thought. they were great partners. and they are great partners. there were able to raise the money through private sources so we did not have to spend any
4:49 am
taxpayer funds to make this a reality. we went to a van, spent a few days on the ground area. i am not one to go in detail of the highlights. but was done sometime in with their city engineer, there director of public works, there mayor, some of their city council. we got a firsthand look at what the conditions of work. the take away from that was that he there are some things we can do, as a community, and that i think can help them. in a very broad sense, i have started some work with colleagues in fire ems services to help on that front. some of the things they need in our things that we can do. not the least of which, at this point, is a need things like food. the economy has tanker it is not that there is no food, there is
4:50 am
no money to buy food. there are not a lot of jobs. a lot of people were displaced. it is a largely tourism-based area. with that kind of damage, i can relate to that area we are largely tourism-based area. we're going to have profound effects like they are. they're looking for assistance. we are trying to corner with an organization which, those of you who know what it is, will probably slap me around and for doing this simplified explanation, but it is like craigslist for humanitarian 8. -- aid. there are some challenges. it is in turkey, so there are logistical challenges that along with that. it is possible and i think we will be able to move ahead with that. we left them with a number of suggestions, recommendations.
4:51 am
i will not go through them point by point, but i will say they are acting on some of them as appropriate. some of our takeaways, i'm going to be a little bit selfish and talk about some of the things we learned and we are loyal to apply in san francisco -- one of the things that was really illustrated to me was the mental health aspect. i come out of the first response world and they tend to be thinking in that mode. you get into the emergency management, where it is a different lens. it is not so people-focused. our partners in the health department have been saying this for a long time and they are right. seeing it firsthand in that environment, it is wanting to know it and another thing to see it. the effects of aftershocks not just on or structures but your population. we were there and there were a few aftershocks. it does have an affect on you when you are around some of these buildings. logistics, obviously a huge issue maybe they are not on a
4:52 am
peninsula, but i think there are challenges because there are -- they are hard to get to. we will have the same challenges. medical care -- i'm not talking about the acute care, that is something you deal with and can move people around by air if you need to agree but the continued care of maintaining the health of the population when your acute care facilities are damaged beyond repair. it went from having university- level tertiary care and be in the tertiary care destination for their region to essentially clinic care. the nearest possible 400 kilometers they can actually do surgery. these are things i look at and i am very keen on exploring them. the bay area will have similar problems carry weirton of hospitals reduced from being a world-class, tertiary care facilities to clinic and d.r. care for a time until they get
4:53 am
things back in order. finally, i think it really speaks to the issue of resiliency and people in general. this is one of those things where it is a different world and you have to cut through the differences of the environment in the living conditions in another country versus dollars. it really speaks to how people will come together when a half to and how people can be resilient and it just kind of recharged my desire to keep pushing in this direction. it is not about kids, it is about a community. it is about making people stronger as a whole and not just saying, here are some boxes of water and some m.r.e's that you are not going to want to eat anyway. he working primarily with the organizations that are already in the community to strengthen
4:54 am
their constituencies and until that community as a whole. that is what is going to see us through. you see that when you go to places like this ntc with the community has come together. in a lot of ways, quite frankly, because the government is incapable of delivering all of the needs. i know we cannot do it so it is something they cannot either print >> i would like to thank you for having me and thank you for that thank you. it was a no-brainer when san francisco approached fleet week and asked if we could help with the mission. we are not first responders, but we are containers and that is what we can do. i came here many months ago before fleet week to talk about some of the things we were doing, not just the freight ships and all of that, but humanitarian assistance and disaster response programs we have put together. when we talk about this, we thought this was an opportunity to show the world was san francisco values are all about.
4:55 am
we showed up as san franciscans and had a wonderful reception at the airport. we were very enthusiastic about our presence in. i will give you a couple of thoughts -- rob touched on p.s.d. yes, the population was clearly suffering in some manner. but i think it was a take away to think about the leadership. when i look at the eyes of the people we were dealing with and the government leadership level, the head of the dpw, the building department, they were exhausted. there are all camping out in tents at an old park and maintenance building tree that is where they are operating out of. they are eating beans and bread every day trying to make the right decisions, and knowing there is very little money, little resources to help get
4:56 am
things like sewage systems rebuilt. that medical facilities in place. they have to go to hundred miles, 400 kilometers, if there is a real traumatic event in order to get real medical services. there are really struggling. i saw the same thing when i was down in katrina. i remember sitting in the state operations center in that larouche and seeing the firemen -- in baton rouge and seeing the firemen tried to make the decisions, absolutely exhausted. i am not a first responder, but as you do training and preparation for this organization or any of your conferences, really think about the p.t.s.d. issues that the department heads will be going through at these times. the other thing i wanted to tell you is the children. they were just fabulous. if we went into -- we went into
4:57 am
a tent shaped like a hut. they were being well taken care of and there were so happy to see us, kind of a novelty to them. i ask them if they were happier here or if they would rather be in school. i got a resounding they would rather be here. they were being taken care of. when the big one hits in san for cisco, i think that we will probably show the same care for our children. that was very heartwarming. there were a lot of vignettes that were in cadbury -- the were incredibly heartwarming. i'm glad to do as much follow up as we possibly can. >> are there any questions for the -- from the disaster councilmembers? >> what kind of assistance were we able to give to the people of van? >> we are still in the buildup
4:58 am
of that. the logistics of and are rather complicated, as you might imagine. we are in the process of, with our partners in fleet week, planning a fund raiser. the department of public works as an engineer and they put together a report that we have shared. i am working through some networks that i'm involved with. one of my -- that i think is most pertinent to the department of emergency management is there a fire department is in great need. this is a community that is over 350,000 people. they have a department that has a 46-member staff. they have one station. they have not 3 apparatus, one of which is over 30 years old. they do not have food for their newest 20 members. these are all earnings that can
4:59 am
be met. they need things like breathing apparatus, turnouts, boots, tools. i have been beating the bushes and figuring out how we do this. there are a couple of organizations that we will be doing some work with, one is firefighters without borders, they do this on a fairly regular basis. working on how to make that happen. the other side is, we are in the process -- hopefully within the next week or so, we will have the formal set up so that we can connect with some humanitarian needs with things like more beans. they are pretty much out. they went from doing two meals per day to one meal per day to providing just dry stuff every few days. they just do not have it and are trying to get it. there are a lot of challenges. >> we at -- we had the
5:00 am
department of public works architect and civil engineer, thank you mohammed for having him out there, he made some very good observations and offered a checklist on how to do building inspections post-earthquake, what ever met that it is that they use. there has already been an exchange of information from that side of things as well. i think they are going to really attend to prevention in the future by taking a lot of what he brought to the table on what you for building code enforcement, things like that. yes. >> and enforcing them, that was a big deal. >> other questions? no? thank you mary much. we look forward to continuing to hear about our efforts. are there any other
5:01 am
announcements by disaster council members? yes? >> i am of the census and interface council -- he asked me to apologize that he had to leave early, but we are all working for prepared this in the background every single day. the interface council, every two years, recognizing that the faith community plays a huge role in recovery. a disaster workshop is coming up on the second at st. mary's. the department of emergency management, the red cross, this year, with the neighborhood and our network. we are working in the background, preparing our voluntary organizations every single day for large-scale
5:02 am
disasters and trying to work together to bring together this preparedness. it is a half-day event that will be from 8:30 until noon. that is at st. mary's on the second. >> thank you very much. any other announcements? is there any public comment? hearing none, this meeting is adjourned. thank you very much for coming writ happy new year. -- thank you very much for coming. happy new year.
5:03 am
>> welcome to the rules committee for thursday, february 2. i will be the chair today. i am joined by supervisor campos and supervisor farrell. our clerk is linda wong. thank you to jennifer and carolyn from sffd. the record the meeting senate the transcripts available online. are their announcements? >> yes, the item and it -- the items recommended will go to the full board on tuesday, february 13. >> please call item number 1. >> the motion to appoint supervisor olague, a term ending june 7, 2013, to the
5:04 am
reentry council. supervisor kim: thank you. this seat was previously held by supervisor mirkarimi and is now vacant due to his new office. we have a motion to appoint supervisor olague to complete the rest of his term on the reentry council. colleagues, is there any discussion. seeing none, we will open it up for public comment. if there is any public comment for this item, please step up. public comment is now closed. >> motion to move this forward with recommendations. supervisor kim: we can do that without opposition. >> item number two, hearing to consider appointing one member, a term ending april 19, 2013, due -- to the child care planning and advisory council. one seat and one applicant. supervisor kim: thank you. this is also a replacement for the district seat, district 6 seat. the appointee is actually here today. ms. mehta.
5:05 am
please approached the microphone. for other appointees that are here today, our format is traditionally the same. introduce yourself for a couple minutes. background, expertise, and why you think you would lend to the actual position in some of your interests. >> my name is deepa mehta. thank you for this opportunity, surprises. i want to start off by saying that i currently work for a foundation that the family youth and child care center, family coordinator for child care and out fresh school programs. i have a b.a. in child development and recently got a master's in education, focusing on leadership in early childhood. most of my experience -- i have worked in the east bay for many years, and most of my experience with after-school programs and some with early childhood programs. that is a little bit about myself. supervisor kim: could you talk a
5:06 am
little bit about your interests in serving on the child care planning and advisory council, some of your priorities and issues you hope to work on? >> first of all, i am very new to the san francisco community. i do not currently working -- live here. i have been working at glibde for a year. i have gotten to know a lot about how decisions are made. i would like to get more involved in that process. i am interested in getting more involved in the community that i work with. i think it is really important, especially in the tenderloin area. as far as what i can bring to this position, i think i can definitely bring diversity to cpac. i can bring in after school perspective. most of my experience has been in after-school programs. as far as some challenges and issues that we're facing right
5:07 am
now, at the state level, there are some budget cuts that could be happening for subsidized care. at collide, i work with only subsidized family speed up -- at glide. i want to provide a voice for that community and the families i work with. supervisor kim: in terms of subsidized child care, what did you view as some of the priority issues around child care? issues that the city is not addressing, things that we can do better in. >> wow, i was not expecting that question. i mean, -- wow. supervisor kim: just from your personal experience working as glide and in the tenderloin, anecdotal things you have seen. >> like i said, i am really new to this community, so i am not totally aware of all of the
5:08 am
challenges and issues we may be facing. but in working at glide, i know that we're always struggling -- our families are always struggling for access to child care and quality child care. i definitely think that is an issue as a whole. supervisor kim: ok, thank you. are there any other questions? thank you very much. >> ok, thank you. supervisor kim: at this time, we will open it up for public comment for item number two. so pleased lineup. >> good afternoon, supervisors to deal for from the child care planning and advisory council. i wanted to speak on behalf of deepa mehta's recommendation to be appointed to the council. one of the things we have been at struggling with at cpac is to have broader representation of the after-school perspective. cpac is supposed to be up to 12-
5:09 am
year-old, and the expertise is on 025 year olds. people -- she has worked in after-school most of her career. she works in that works edglide. i think having somebody from glide on cpac --were king in the regarding the bush regarded institution and a linchpin in the community is very important. in bringing the viewpoints in the voices from the children and families that live and work in those communities. one thing we really want to do at cpac is nurture and grow new leadership. so we do have a lot of people in the field who are retiring and moving on. even though deepa mehta is a recent addition to the community, i feel like it is important to bring new people on board and to really give them some help and guidance in taking on those leadership roles and
5:10 am
understanding policy and planning at the city level. thank you. supervisor kim: thank you very much. any other public comment? seeing none, public comment is now closed. deepa mehta is my appointment for the d6 seat for the child care seat, and she is replacing judith becker, who has been a longtime advocate around child care and child care planning needs in the south of market. as was previously mentioned by our public comment, we do have many folks that are retiring and opening up new leadership and growth in this area of colleagues, do we have a motion. supervisor campos: i knew that we move this forward with recommendations. supervisor farrell: i think we need a motion on the residency waiver first, right? supervisor campos: is that included in the motion? supervisor kim: we have a motion for residency waiver and a motion to move forward ms. mehta to the cpac.
5:11 am
we did that without opposition. please call item number 3. >> motion approving/rejecting the president of the board of supervisors, supervisor david chiu's nomination of cindy wu to the planning commission, for the term ending july 1, 2012. supervisor kim: thank you. cindy wu is here. same format. >> good afternoon. too much for considering my nomination. if appointed, i believe i would bring expertise and experience in community planning. i have management the chinese -- i have managed the program in chinatown over the last four and half years, giving experience in diverse communities in building technical skills. i came to ccdc from the graduate planning program themit, and i studied housing, a committee, and economic development. prior to that, i worked in
5:12 am
support of housing act glide. in my work, and focused to break down barriers that prevent people from the planning conversations and decisions in the city that might include language access or the fact that someone is working two jobs and they do not have time to be part of the process. i have look for creative and culturally specific ways to engage the public on planning issues. some examples of projects i have worked on recently are the broadly corridor planning, arts and storefronts, relocation planning due to construction projects. although much of my work as been focused on a few neighborhoods, it appointed, i would have an open-door policy and make it a priority to partner with on the ground stakeholders in other neighborhoods. i also think there might be potential to do cross- neighborhood lbored. we all right to say buses and go to the same gathering spots. with the commonalities we can find? as san francisco grows and changes, i want to make sure all
5:13 am
people are represented in part of the process. one question that many people have been asking me about is if there are potential conflicts due to my day job at ccdc. i did speak with the city attorney's office and understand that anything with the financial impact would be a conflict, so for example, i would have to recuse myself if ccdc or putting housing project forward. finally, just wanted to thank everyone who has supported me through this, especially those who have written letters and have come here today to support me. supervisor kim: thank you. i know we will have some questions from my colleagues to but i just wanted to flesh out the conflict issue a little more. if ccdc comes before the planning commission, you have to recuse yourself. can you talk about other gray areas in your conversation with the city attorney? >> i asked about questions such as if there were a large area
5:14 am
plan, for example, the eastern neighborhoods plan, and if ccdc owns land in that area plan to the advice of the attorneys i spoke to was that i just call at that time and work through every single issue at that time, but at this point, they did not see that it would necessarily be a conflict. supervisor kim: it the organization to deposition on the project, how would that impact your ability to vote on an issue? >> again, he did not see it as a conflict at this time, but recommended that i call when and if that situation came up. supervisor kim: thank you. supervisor campos thank you very much. i want to thank ms. wu for putting replication forward. it is not easy to go through this process where you have to come to rules committee meeting and, you know, have this kind of discussion, but i do want to say thank you to anyone who wants to
5:15 am
serve the city. they should be thanked. one of the things i always want to make sure happens with respect to planning is making sure that, in an addition to playing the role that you have to play as a planning commissioner, you know, making sure that you apply the planning code and all the relevant notes and make the best decision possible, that you take into account community input in doing that. i am wondering if you can say a little bit about that, because that is something that is a big priority for us on the board of supervisors. if you can say a little bit about how you approach your role with respect to that? >> sure, that is most definitely been a priority for me. i came into planning work wanting to connect grass-roots groups to planning. i think that it is important for the planning department staff to work with the groups that are working in neighborhoods, so those might be community-based organizations. they might be churches. the mib other entities that already have those
5:16 am
relationships, and getting the information to those groups and in creating a forum where input can be gathered and actually used. sometimes at the public meeting, sometimes it could be something like a website. we have not seen websites or in-person work for a lot of communities. so you have to be careful about who you are working with entering to figure out what their needs are but obviously, language taxes, child care, time of day of the meeting, how you ask the questions, how you from the question. are you talking about enter regional context or in a way that is about people's daily lives. making the language understandable. sometimes land use decisions become just about policy. but really, it is about how you get to the grocery store, how you get to school, how you do the daily things you need to live in the city. supervisor campos: and i appreciate that. i think is a very important to make sure that is part of the equation. as discussions and decisions are
5:17 am
made. one thing that i know is also important is not only how the planning commission deals with the individual cases that come before it. that is a very important role, obviously. but also, long-term in terms of looking at city-wide policy, making sure that the planning department plays a role and making sure that we're making smart choices that are inclusive of all san franciscans and that we really think about big picture, how we're doing in terms of land use. you know, we recently requested an audit around the issue of affordable housing, and one of the things that is very clear in that audit, and i know at some point there will be a more in- depth hearing about that, is how the planning department is not doing enough in making sure that as individual projects are approved, that we have a sense of where those projects fit

40 Views

info Stream Only

Uploaded by TV Archive on